Podtalk: Michael B. Jordan & Jonathan Majors of ‘Creed III’

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CHICAGO – The highly anticipated “Creed III,” opening March 3rd, continues the “Rocky Universe” story of Adonis Creed (Michael B. Jordan, also director), son of Rocky Balboa nemesis Apollo Creed. In this latest chapter Adonis is challenged by a childhood friend named Damian (Jonathan Majors), freed from prison with a score to settle.

Damian Anderson was a fellow juvenile detention brother to Adonis, before the troubled son of Apollo was taken off the streets by Mama Creed (Phylicia Rashad). Damian served 18 years for a gun situation that involved Adonis, and “Dame” was the Golden Gloves champion who never got his shot. When he emerges from prison, he expects Adonis to give him that shot, and eventually they face off where they should have been years before … in the boxing ring. Tessa Thompson also reprises her role as Bianca Taylor, the singing star wife of Adonis.

Michael B. Jordan and Jonathan Majors of ‘Creed III
Photo credit: United Artists Releasing

Michael B. Jordan has become one of the most sought after and high profile movie actors of the last ten years. Besides the Creed series, he distinguished himself in films including “Fruitvale Station,” “Red Tails” and of course as villain Killshot in “Black Panther” and “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever.” “Creed III” is his debut as director.

Jonathan Majors is experiencing a meteoric rise of his own. He got rave notices in 2019 for “The Last Black Man in San Francisco” and then followed that up with “Da Five Bloods,” “The Harder They Fall” and as the lead character in 2022’s “Devotion.” He joined the Marvel Cinematic Universe as Kang the Conqueror, introduced in “Loki” and crystalized in the recent “Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania.”

In an all-encompassing Podtalk with Patrick McDonald of HollywoodChicago.com, lead actor/director Michael B. Jordan and co-lead actor Jonathan Majors of “Creed III” reflect on first time directing, character study, boxing styles, fame and of course, the Marvel Cinema Universe …

Trailer for “Creed III” …

”Creed III” opens in theaters everywhere March 3rd. Featuring Michael B. Jordan, Jonathan Majors, Tessa Thompson, Florian Munteanu and Phylicia Rashad. Screenplay by Keenan Cooler and Zach Baylin. Directed by Michael B. Jordan. Rated “PG-13”

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